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The Compassionate Diet: How What You Eat Can Change Your Life and Save the Planet
What can we do to allay global warming, contend with world hunger, be healthier, and live longer? In The Compassionate Diet, Nature’s Path founder and CEO Arran Stephens, who has been at the leading edge of the organic food movement for decades and a vegetarian his entire adult life, answers these complex questions in the simplest terms: Eat vegetarian.
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Rodale Books
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The spiritualism of vegetarianism doesn't interest me so the section of how world religions view vegetarianism was of no use. However, the rest of this little book was filled with a number of interesting facts. So interesting, that I wish the book was a little more expansive on those areas. I'll have to seek out another book to fill in the gaps.
I've been a vegetarian for several years (trying to go vegan now). Just researched and wrote a paper on our current industrial animal food farming system. I knew it was bad -- now I know it's horrible. Small wonder then that this book appealed to me. Checked it out today; the author looks at the spiritual benefits of abstaining from meat-eating, along with health, ecological, and economic benefits, and, of course, curtailing widespread animal abuse throughout the meat industry. I'm not a spiritu ...more
Heavy-handed and preachy, but with its heart in the right place. I am a "strict vegetarian" myself and have been for 16 years, and while I agree with the author on nearly every point, the tone was off-putting to me. I did appreciate that the book addressed the spiritual side of vegetarianism/veganism, because I think this side is often ignored or shuffled to the side. However, the author clearly has an agenda to promote his beliefs and it is clear in the 30 pages of foreward, introductions, ackn ...more
Love this book for its esoteric references. One would think that all references are scoured to support the author's notion of vegetarianism. But this book is rather convincing. Reading it is like walking through papyrus fields and enjoying freedom from bondage. Alot of references to ancient and religious philosophy and their founders who are vegetarians also. Overall this book improved my outlook and am trying to eat more veggies.
This was a very quick (I read it in slightly more than an hour on a train), engaging overview of the justifications for a vegetarian diet, including economic, environmental, animal welfare, and health, as well as spiritual. It didn't really get into depth with any of these issues, but it is a great book to give someone an idea of the reasoning behind vegetarianism. I also liked the spiritual discussion, which I hadn't read as much about before.
Once you read this little book you will think long and hard about your meat eating habits and the problems that meat eating creates, with health, environment, poverty and the many ramifications of our over reliance on meat...easy to read, hard to forget it has important things to tell us and our own level of "compassion". You will find things you have heard before, but also things you most likely didn't know. I know I did.